WELCOME to Part II of our look back at the sporting successes of 2008. A FORMER St Ivo pupil set here sights on becoming one of the top women in the world at squash. Carrie Anne Hastings, 22, was already ranked in the top 110. A TEENAGE gymnast becam
WELCOME to Part II of our look back at the sporting successes of 2008.
A FORMER St Ivo pupil set here sights on becoming one of the top women in the world at squash. Carrie Anne Hastings, 22, was already ranked in the top 110.
A TEENAGE gymnast became Huntingdon's third to be selected for the Beijing Olympics. Marissa King, 17, joined Daniel Keatings and Louis Smith in China to represent Britain.
ST NEOTS company director Steve Pearson led his crew to success in the Round the Island race at the Isle of Wight festival. Pearson, who had only taken up sailing two years earlier, and his crew had only weeks to prepare and he admitted to being "absolutely gobsmacked" at the win.
VILLAGE cricket club Houghton and Wyton celebrated 50 years in July by touring Estonia. They beat the Estonian national team and were jubilant with the result.
A TEENAGER from Ramsey St Mary's won bronze at the British Open Fencing Championships. Jennie Tillot, 18, was sixth in the British Junior Sabre rankings and had been fencing since the age of 10.
THE White Hart Bowls team from Warboys reached the final of the National Two/Fours and took on Egham from Surrey. In a one-sided final White Hart demolished the favourites 40 shots to 22.
FOUR Huntingdon Olympic Gymnasts proudly represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympic Games. Louis Smith took Bronze on the pommel Horse and became the first British man for 80 years to take an Olympic gymnastic medal. Daniel Keatings made the final in the all-round competition.
TOTTENHAM striker Darren Bent visited Huntingdon Town FC on the opening day of the season, but his presence could not inspire the players who fell to a 1-0 defeat against Bugbrooke St Michaels.
THE FA passed new guidelines stating that young football players could no longer win a league or lift a cup. Managers of under-7 and under-8 teams were ordered not to disclose the final scores of games. Scott Ager, Priory Parkside under-9A manager, described it as "political correctness gone mad." Despite his side winning most of the games in the preceding season, the FA refused to acknowledge that they had won the league.
HUNTINGDON Town Football Club reached October firmly rooted to the bottom of the UCL First Division. Darren Young resigned as manager and Chairman Hans Reif and his committee appointed Martyn Ray to the post. Town's fortunes improved as soon as Ray took charge, going six games undefeated.
A HEMINGFORD Grey teenager headed off to India to compete in Tennis at the Junior Commonwealth Games. Lisa Whybourn, 17, a former St Ivo pupil, said she was "really excited." She went on to win Bronze at the competition.
ABOUT 10,000 people lined the streets of Huntingdon to watch Lola Cars parade around the town to mark their 50th anniversary. Legendary drivers drove around the town in 16 cars from the past five decades.
ST IVES Swimming Club held their annual championships. The club broke seven records over the weekend.
A HUNTINGDONSHIRE Thai-boxer travelled to Thailand where he defeated an ex-regional champion. Leigh Edlin, who trains in St Ives, recovered from injury to beat his experienced Thai opponent who had been in over 200 fights.
ST IVES Boxing Club held their first boxing show for over 30 years. Over 600 spectators packed the St Ivo centre to watch the event, which head coach Steve Whitwell described as "electric".